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One Who Dwells in the Midst

      I love reading biblical stories and imagining what life might have been like in ancient times. One can also gain an insight into the evolution of human consciousness — or devolution, as in the more primal areas of human behavior dictated by the reptilian brain. Not much evolution there when you consider how we place more value in moon rocks than in the lives of migrants seeking asylum from murderous regimes in war-torn homelands. I am appalled at what is happening to families, especially to women and children, at our southern borders here in America.

This is not who we are. “Love it or leave it!” are not acceptable options here in America, land of the free and the brave. As David Brooks pointed out today on PBS’s Brooks and Shields interview with Judy Woodruff , Americans want and love a multicultural democracy. Racism is not wanted nor welcome here. Who in their right mind can love the corruption festering in high places of government and Corporate America? Or the lack of true governance and wise stewardship of our planet and her resources?  And, besides, real leaders do not just up and leave, or go back to where they came from, simply because they do not accept and support what’s going on in high places, or in a world to which they seek to offer true leadership. True Americans stay in there and push forward to bring the truth of loving and compassionate governance to the people they seek to lead toward a more truthful way of living together as “one Nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.” That’s what the feminine leadership in the Burnsville, Minnesota community is doing. Check out the story aired on the Today Show this morning. My feminine and masculine sides both said YES! This can happen everywhere!

I fear our great nation is facing complete collapse unless we change the way we treat one another. . .and our Earth mother. Will this civilization go the way of ancient kingdoms, as in the days of the prophets of old?

In my last post, I related the story of Daniel the Prophet and King Nebuchadnezzar’s troubling dream of a great image made of gold, silver, brass and iron. His feet were made of iron mixed with clay. The troubling part of the dream, besides the king’s inability to remember it, was when a small stone struck the image on its feet, causing them to crumble, bringing the entire image down into oblivion.

The image in the dream was interpreted by Daniel — who also told the king his dream — as representing kingdoms of his era that would fall into oblivion. The small stone represented the Heavenly Kingdom of Daniel’s God which grew into a great nation that filled the entire world. Here’s the rest of the story.

NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S KINGDOM RESTORED

But before King Nebuchadnezzar’s reign came to an end, his entire kingdom was taken away from him, an event that was foretold in a dream once again, this one being of a gigantic tree that covered the entire earth which “holy men from above” had come down and cut off all its branches, leaving only a stump with a brass band around it to keep it from perishing entirely.  Daniel told the king that he was that tree, whose power had grown so that he ruled the entire world of that day.

Soon after his dream Nebuchadnezzar found himself suddenly banned from his kingdom to live in the wilderness and eat grass like the other animals.  Instead of cursing his lot, however, he lifted his heart and mouth up to heaven and praised the God of Daniel, acknowledging Him as the giver of all things, including his kingdom for which he had once proudly taken full credit for its very existence.  His wealth and his kingdom were then restored to him, along with his lords and counselors.  In his own words: “and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.”  He then praised, extolled and honored the King of heaven.

THE END OF AN ANCIENT ERA

It was his son, Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans, who resorted to worshiping their gods of gold, silver, brass, iron, wood and stone, bringing that empire down into final ruin.  While celebrating and drinking out of the vessels taken from out of the temple of God in Jerusalem, he saw a hand writing upon the wall these words:

MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN,” which Daniel interpreted, with some consternation himself, to mean: “God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it…. Thou art weighed in the balance, and art found wanting…. Thy kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians”  (Daniel 5:24-28).  

The king immediately tried to appease Daniel’s God by commanding that Daniel be clothed with scarlet and given the gold chain he had promised to anyone who could interpret the writing on the wall, along with making him the third ruler of the kingdom.  But that night Belshazzar was slain and Darius the Median took over the kingdom.

THE  DAWNING  OF A NEW ERA

Daniel had several visions after this, all foretelling what was to come to pass, not unlike John of Revelation. They come as well toward the end of a cycle of repeated failure.  In fact, they were strikingly similar and read very much like the visions John saw when he turned to see the voice that spoke with him. Daniel also had a vision of a glorified man after he himself had been on a twenty-four-day fast mourning the visions he had been having pointing to the destruction of Jerusalem,  a city which, as Daniel reminded the Lord, bore his name, “Salem.” It was just after this period of mourning and fasting, sitting by the river Hiddekel, that Daniel saw…

 “A certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.”  (Daniel 10:5-6)  

It was then that Daniel, foreseeing the necessity of a new cycle for the redemption of mankind and the restoration of the world after so many prior failures, foretold the coming of the Messiah, the incarnation of the Lord of Love, who would himself initiate the cycle.

Invariably, toward the end of a world cycle, there is the One who is present at the very core of the fire which fuels the creative process underway.  This is the Lord of the Sacred Seven who is responsible for the Creative Processes at work in and through this world over which he is Sovereign.  He made himself known through Abraham, through Jacob, through Moses and the prophets such as Daniel, and finally through John the Beloved on the isle of Patmos, after the cycle He had initiated came to a certain point of completion for Him personally, although it failed to complete itself in the collective experience of those who were with Him at the time. 

The cycle would have to be re-initiated at a level where human consciousness would be in a future time when cosmic factors would come into alignment again and make it possible.  His presence and personal victory impacted human consciousness sufficiently to transform it and lift it to a level where the cycle could be initiated again. That initiation has taken place in our day, as the peoples of the world are awakening to the presence of the Divine within themselves.

This same Lord of the Seven Planes of Being for this Whole Holy World is making His presence felt once again at the end of this cycle of 2000 years, which marks the beginning of a cycle of renewal and restoration for the entire planet and solar entity, including Mankind and the natural world on the planet.  For those who are moving on the vibration of Love, the Presence of the One who dwells in the midst is unmistakably felt. His radiance shines forth into the world by reason of the presence of this tiny gland, this “white stone” of the renewed Pineal.  Uranda expressed this dynamic in his usual authoritative voice:

“The grain of sand, so called, that is contained in the Pineal Gland acts on the same principle as that utilized in the crystal set radio. This ‘grain of sand’ is, in reality, a crystallized particle of the highest vibration of physical substance, and it is through this that the highest vibration possible in the physical body is released into Radiant expression, from the Father within. This crystallized substance is not subject to external activities or influences of the physical body, but it is like the germ in the seed which is the focal point through which life forces are released into active expression. The Radiance is shining through this seventh seal at all times, and to the degree that we are, in our consciousness, attuned thereto, the expression of the Father [love] is released into our lives, moment by moment.” – Uranda

I will continue sharing excerpts from Sacred Anatomy in my next two posts, bringing this series to completion.  We will consider how the little stone in the king’s dream casts its prophetic shadow on the transformation of human consciousness and behavior unfolding in our time. Until then….

Be Love.  Be loved.

Anthony

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SACRED ANATOMY: The Spiritual Significance of the Pineal Gland


The Language of the Body Temple is Frequency 

Continuing with excerpts from my SACRED ANATOMY book, in this post I explore the spiritual significance of the Pineal Gland relative to its position and purpose in the Body Temple.  Tiny crystals inside the pineal gland act as transmitters for the very high-frequency vibrations of the Light of Love. Another name for Love is the Father within. It is Love that fathers life in the body temple. The pineal gland provides for the presence and expression of Love in the physical world. In partnership with the pituitary gland, the “Mother gland” of the endocrine system, life is born anew in each moment in and through human beings. 

Arc of the Covenant

 

 

 

 

 

THE “MERCY SEAT”

The Pineal Body can be seen as hovering above and slightly posterior to the Sella Tuscica, a bony saddle etched out in the middle of the wing-shaped sphenoid bone, which forms the base of the skull.  The Sella Tursica holds the Pituitary Gland and correlates perfectly with the “mercy seat” of the biblical “Ark of the Testimony.” More popularly known as the “Ark of the covenant,” it bore the new covenant which God had made with the Israelites through Moses.  In the Ark a ball of fire is said to have hovered over the mercy seat all through the night giving evidence of the presence of the One Who Dwells in the Holy of Holies.  During the day, the tabernacle which housed the ark was enveloped in a cloud.  Similarly, the Pineal Body glows with the light of love, giving evidence of the presence of the One Who Dwells in the inner sanctum of each body temple.  There is obviously more here than meets the eye—and more, as we shall see, as eyes meet.  Since the “tabernacle of God is with men,” what was the source of this ball of fire that hovered over the mercy seat in this ark made of gold? 

From my own personal experience working with deep healing currents in attunement, I have felt a profound quality of what I can only describe as the “mercy of love” pour out through this center behind my own eyes. This experience is particularly strong upon completion of a cycle where healing is acknowledged by the recipient in a deep current of thankfulness.  Here is the place in our body temples where Father God communicates with Man through His Spirit, even as He dwelt with the children of Israel through the Ark of the Covenant and gave them His commandments and instructions as they wandered in the wilderness “in a solitary way.”  So is God’s spirit of love and of mercy constantly available to us, even as we wander in the wilderness of this world feeling quite alone and isolated much of the time.

From the rather detailed description of the Ark of the Covenant in the Book of Exodus, one can see correlation of the design and construction of the Ark to the intricate structure of the human brain. For example, the mercy seat was situated in the middle between two cherubim, the entire piece fashioned out of a single piece of pure gold with the cherubim spreading out their wings on high to cover the mercy seat while they faced one another.

And he made two cherubim of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of the mercy seat; One cherub on the end on this side, and another cherub on the other end on that side: out of the mercy seat made he the cherubim on the two ends thereof.  And the cherubim spread out their wings on high, and covered with their wings over the mercy seat, with their faces one to another; even to the mercy seatward were the faces of the cherubim.   (Exodus 37:7-9)                                                                                                

Where Angels’ Eyes Meet 

In The Book of Grace, page 181, Grace Van Duzen writes at length describing this magnificent Ark of the Covenant and its construction.  About the cherubim she writes: “In descriptions found in other sources, it is said that a powerful ray, or beam, was emitted from the eyes of the cherubim, each making a connection with the other, the mercy seat between them.”

The ball of fire hovered in the space precisely where the gaze of these two cherubim met as they looked into each other’s eyes.  I am in awe just imagining this rather sizeable structure overlaid in pure gold, with these two solid golden cherubim gazing into one another’s eyes beholding and worshiping the living God. For us this experience is not in some far distant heaven somewhere but right within the human temple and available to behold simply by gazing into the eyes of another incarnate angel.     

So also are the two hemispheres of the brain, which face one another, one single organ connected by the corpus callosum.   Even the name of these two lobes, the cerebrum, is very similar in spelling and intonation to “cherubim.” The cerebrum spreads out like wings hovering over the entire inner chamber where the Pineal and Pituitary glands carry out their sacred rites of transformation and transmutation.  Between these two brain lobes hovers a focus of spirit, like unto a ball of fire, over the Pituitary seated in the Sella Tursica on the floor of the skull, correlating precisely with the mercy seat.  It is unmistakably present and powerfully felt while holding these two contact points during attunement.  This is the fire of the presence of the One Who Dwells.

In the book of Samuel of the Old Testament, we read: “And David arose…to bring up…the Ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubim.”  The One Who Dwells is present in each human temple as a focus of the Spirit of Love between the hemispheres of the brain. 

Then there is the decor of both the Ark and tabernacle which housed the Ark.  Gold was overlaid both inside and outside the Ark and used, along with silver and brass, throughout the entire construction. Curtains of “finely twined linen” and a “vail” were made for the inside of the tabernacle, connecting the “Holy of Holies,” where the Ark was kept, with the “Holy Place,” and their colors were blue, purple and scarlet

The tent covering the tabernacle was made of goats’ hair and a covering for the tent of rams’ skins dyed red, as well as one made of badgers’ skins to cover the covers of the tent.  An intricate pattern of enfoldment and an atmosphere of containment, as well as insulation and protection, is portrayed here.

Tentorium Cerebelli

Comparing this construction to that of the brain and the skull, there is a tent-like membrane, a portion of the dura mater, called the tentorium cerebelli . This serves as a protective partition between the cerebrum, in the upper portion of the cranium and the lower occipital lobes of the cerebellum, the motor portion of the brain.  Here we see reflected the design of the Temple in Jerusalem.  The Holy of Holies, representing the place where the Spirit of God dwells, is open only to the Holy place, our heart realm, where we commune with God.  This represents the being aspect of ourselves.  The Holy Place of the heart opens into the outer court of the mind, which represents the achieving aspect.  Mind and heart communicate through this invisible portal.  Just as there was a series of curtains in the Tabernacle, so is there a series of protective and nurturing  membranes around  the brain, including the dura mater, the pia mater and the arachnoid, so that the entire brain is completely enveloped inside this weblike “tent”. These membranes, also known as the meningeal sheath, contain the cerebrospinal fluid in which the brain is afloat and well protected from outside noise and activities.

Protected in Water                                                   

All of the activities of this inner sanctum of the brain take place in a protective container filled with water. In his beautiful and pictorial book, “BEHOLD MAN”, Lennart Nilsson describes the watery consistency of the brain:  

The brain is not a solid mass of tissue.  In the interior are interconnected cavities filled with a watery fluid, the cerebrospinal fluid.  The fluid is produced by a tissue rich in blood vessels, the choroid plexus, mainly in the lateral ventricle of each hemisphere….  The lateral ventricles connect with the third ventricle, a cavity lying between the two hemispheres.  A narrow canal, the cerebral quadrigemina, connects the third ventricle with the fourth.  Openings in the fourth ventricle, located under the cerebellum, enable cerebrospinal fluid to leave the ventricular system to bathe the outer surface of the brain and spinal chord. (p. 171).    

This description reminds me of the story in Genesis of the Garden planted “Eastward in Eden” with the Tree of Life and the River of Life branching out into four river heads.  Truly the Garden of Eden is within our very own body temples.   

The names of these three membranes of the brain themselves tell something of their function. The “dura mater” translates literally into strong mother (matrix), indicating the tough and strong nature of this dense fibrous membrane which lines the interior of the skull and covers the entire brain and spinal column. In three places it is sent inward into the cavity of the skull to form the falx cerebri, the tentorium cerebelli and the falx cerebelli, membranes paring off sections of the brain.  The “arachnoid,” meaning like a spider’s web, so named from its extreme thinness, is a delicate membrane which envelopes the brain, lying between the pia mater internally and the dura mater externally.  The “pia mater” translates as gentle and smooth matrix and consists of a very vascular membrane that invests the entire surface of the brain nurturing this vital organ with blood, much like the endometrial lining of the fertile uterus and the placenta encapsulating the embryo.  Add the significance of the water of the cerebral spinal fluid and one has the distinct impression that this sacred space inside the brain is a very highly protected and enfolded womb for the birth of life in and through this body temple. Comparing it to Solomon’s temple of old, this whole area within the center of the brain could be considered the anatomical location of the “Holy of Hollies” and the “Holy Place” in our body temples, a place well guarded by the wing-like lobes of the cerebrum.   

The biblical “shittim wood,” used throughout the construction of both the Ark and the tabernacle, comes from the Asiatic Acacia tree that puts forth small, delicate yellow-gold flowers. The fine-grain yellowish brown wood is not unlike the bones of the head and of the entire skeletal system. They were overlaid with pure gold, symbolizing the spirit of love which builds, maintains and dwell in this temple of living flesh.  Gold also symbolizes the finest, purest expression of the Soul and is the color of the Soul light. Uranda writes:

When the Ancients spoke of that alchemy by which base metals were transformed into gold, they were expressing the Truth that by the Alchemy of Love-Spirit the base substances of the fleshly body are TRANSMUTED INTO THE GOLD OF SOUL, the MASTER-SELF WITHIN THEE.  (Steps To Mastership, Ch. 42)

 So here we see the temple of old built much like the skull of a man, even down to the final detail of the tent covering the tabernacle which was made of goats’ hair and rams’ skins.  This is parallel to our own skull which is covered by the tougher, hair-growing membrane of the scalp.  

I will continue with this exploration of the pineal gland and its spiritual significance in the body temple in my next post. Until then,

Be love. Be loved

Anthony                            

Credits: 

1) Arc of the Covenant by Live Science (livescience.com); 

2) The Pineal gland between two hemispheres of the brain by Adventures in Boundlessness (adventuresinboundlessness.com);

3) Sketch illustrations are by artist David Stefaniak;

4) Schematic cross-sectional diagram is by Endocrine Surgeon (endocrinesurgeon.com);

5) SACRED ANATOMY  — Go to my website for more about my books.                                                        

 

 

 

SACRED ANATOMY: The Pineal Gland–Cornerstone of the Temple

“The physical body is Real and beautiful beyond words to describe. It is wonderful beyond all the imaginings of mankind. In it are revealed the secret things of God.  Through it work the Cosmic Forces of the Universe.”—Uranda

THE PINEAL BODY

The Spirit of Love

Between the two hemispheres of the brain, below the posterior portion of the corpus callosum — the thick tissue connecting the two lobes of the cerebrum which hover over this inner sanctum like two arched wings — is a hallow space called the “Cave of Brama.”  In this cavity, enthroned atop the corpora quadrigemina — four small eminences on the back side of the brain stem serving as relay stations for auditory and visual impulses — is a small protuberance called the Pineal Body, or epiphysis cerebri.  Its pinecone shaped head, from which it derives its name, points back toward the “arbor vitae” (tree of life) of the cerebellum in the occipital cavity of the cranium.

       Situated in the exact position of the Divine Proportion of the Golden Mean (.618 the distance on a line drawn from the front of the brain to the rear, and from the top of the skull to the bottom), behind and slightly above the level of the Pituitary Gland, the Pineal is about the size of the first digit of your little finger.  Its functions, however, are vast and relate primarily to the natural rhythms of the body.  It produces hormonal crystals, such as melatonin and serotonin, which synchronize the body’s circadian rhythms regulating some physiological activities, such as the sleep cycle, with the rotational cycles of the earth, as well as regulating blood flow to the brain, thereby influencing behavioral patterns and mental activity.  –The Pineal Gland located at the Golden Mean of the Divine Proportion of the Brain —      

The color frequency of the Pineal is Violet correlating with the seventh wavelength of the light spectrum.  Violet is a passionate color and I wonder if perhaps, it isn’t here in the “seventh heaven” where our sense of deep passionate love for truth and for life itself is most deeply known.  This color also represents the purple garments of royalty befitting a king, and is not Love, rightly, the benevolent King and ruler of our hearts and of this whole holy world?  I perceive its musical pitch to correlate with F Natural. (This pitch shifted to a higher frequency of F# sometime during the dawning of the 21st century.)

       As with all the endocrine glands, the Pineal is ductless and therefore secretes its hormones directly into the blood stream.  Folic Acid and Vitamin B12 are nutrients which support the health and function of the pineal gland.

The “Third Eye”

        In former times the Pineal has been called by various names.  In the fourth century the Greek philosopher, Herophilus said it was the “sphincter of thought,” or the “origin of thought.”  Indian mystics said it was the “third eye,” the “eye within” and the “contemplative eye.”  Rene Descartes, the sixteenth century French philosopher, said the pineal was the “seat of the soul,” the seat of our consciousness.  Science, on the other hand, called it the pineal body, when no one understood what its functions were or if indeed there were any. For a while it was called the pineal gland and in the last decade it has been called the pineal organ because of its direct connection with the brain in producing its primary hormone, melatonin.

       Lawrence Blair, in his book Rhythms of Vision in Chapter 6 entitled “The Subtle Anatomy of Man,” says there is a debate as to whether the “third eye” can be attributed to the Pineal or to the Pituitary, or as he states it:

    …to the Brow or to the Crown Chakra; it is perhaps a somewhat academic point but I personally favor the Crown as being its most likely location. The corresponding physical organ, the pineal, is known to contain vestigial retinal tissue, and its structure is likened by modern physiology to a third, albeit atrophied, photo-receptor.

     A further interesting physiological fact is that the pituitary gland (or the Brow Chakra) is connected to the left eye and governs the lower half of the brain, whereas the pineal expressing the Crown Chakra, is connected to the right eye and governs the upper half of the brain.    

       Perhaps no one has written with as much detail and insight about this little gland as has Dr. Jacob Liberman, optometrist and pioneer in the therapeutic use of light and color,  and the art of mind-body integration.   Dr. Liberman’s work has centered around developing a way for treating the cause of human ailments—physical, mental and spiritual— with light and color. In his brilliant book, Light: Medicine of the Future,  Dr. Liberman integrates the biochemical, psychological and spiritual properties of light.  He says the awareness of how light and color affect our lives was expounded upon as far back as 1840 by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, whose dying words suggested that  the “second shutter”  be opened in order to let “more light come in.”  He was not referring to the window blinds, but rather to the third eye” of the pineal gland.  Three different eyes were thought to exist: the flesh eyes for visual perception of light, the “eye of reason,” or “mental eye” and the “contemplative eye,” which Goethe says, “appreciates God.”  Dr. Liberman suggests that we must “integrate our vision to incorporate all the three eyes, as well as opening up the second shutter, but in doing so, we begin to open up our vision in a way that opens up our lives.”  Further, he cites Jonathan Swift’s insightful words, who wrote, “‘Real vision is the ability to see the invisible.’”   Liberman’s view is that by integrating these three eyes, we can experience what otherwise seems invisible.

Dr. Liberman explains how the average individual perceives only a small fraction of the stimuli coming at them from the environment.  “My personal experience is that as the inner eye opens, as we begin to see what at one time we felt was invisible, we tune into a broader spectrum, not only of the electromagnetic spectrum, but of the subtle energies that are not even within this electromagnetic spectrum.”   The word subtle relative to energies speaks to me of spiritual or ethereal light; that which is behind and before solar light and fills the spaces between the elements of the molecular world.   We are speaking here of the substance of love which creates a bond between us and with the natural world around us.

       Speaking of the primary function of the Pineal Body, Liberman attributes the very primal instinct of bonding between individual life forms, such as between parent and child, to the all encompassing role of the Pineal.  “This bond,” he writes, “thought to develop out of the ‘heart-to-heart’ synchronization between mother and child, is a microcosm of humanity’s synchronized relationship with nature and the rest of the universe.” 

       Acting much as a light meter and physiological metronome attached to the physical eyes, the Pineal relays information received through the hypothalamus about the outside world of space and time, such as the length of the days and the seasons of the year,  to the body and the mind by way of hormonal messengers, alerting the body to the need to generate changes. These hormones alter moods, circadian (twenty-four-hour) rhythms and seasonal reproductive cycles so as to synchronize with changes in the natural world with which we are connected.

Dr. Liberman continues:  

     The timing of physiological events is very critical to the health and propagation of a species.  Since the pineal gland seems to adjust the entire physiology of organisms to their environment, the physical size of this gland seems to vary according to where animals live.  Thus, the pineal is relatively small in animals living at or near the equator, whereas its size increases proportionately the further north or south of the equator animals live.

     In certain species, such as the elephant seal, the pineal gland at birth occupies 50% of the brain.  If the size of the human pineal gland is directly related to the degree to which living creatures are in touch with their environment, does the size of the human pineal (pea size) indicate something about the state of our consciousness?  Would a change in our consciousness, and a closer connection between us and nature, increase the size of our pineals?  Whatever the answer to these questions, respect for nature by all living creatures is not only a moral necessity but is definitely crucial to the longevity and quality of life. . . .  In creatures such as birds, lizards, and fish, light stimulates the pineal by penetrating directly through the skull.  In many reptiles, the pineal has all the photo-receptive elements characteristic of an eye. It is therefore referred to as a “third eye” because, in many creatures, it resembles an eye in both structure and activity.  However, in humans, as well as in all hairy creatures, light stimulates the pineal exclusively by way of our eyes, therefore making it an integral part of the visual system.  The technical name of the pineal is epiphysis cerebri, which literally means “top of the brain.” It is my belief that humans originally also received light stimulation through the top of the head, as is vividly described in many metaphysical and ancient spiritual writings. This indicates that at one point in human evolution, perhaps prior to the development of the brain hemispheres, the pineal may have actually been positioned at the top of the human brain. . . .  Today, the pineal is recognized as playing a major role in every aspect of human function.  It acts as the “regulator of regulators.”  Aside from its documented effects on reproductive function, growth, body temperature, blood pressure, motor activity, sleep, tumor growth, mood, and the immune system, it also seems to be a factor in longevity. (pp. 31-33)

Whatever the evolutionary history of this tiny gland, its very existence appears to haunt us, as little was known of its purpose and function until recently.  Although it has tended to be rejected as having any significant role to play in the body,  it has been discovered that it plays an intimate and vital role with the eyes.  I suspect at one time—perhaps before “the Fall” when Man lived in the Garden of Eden—it served as an internal eye, a vibrational “window of heaven,” through which we were able to “see” into the realms of light, into heaven, and communicate daily with the LORD God.

–The Pineal enthroned atop the Corpora Quadrigemina–

       Considering its makeup of retinal tissue and its close association with the corpora quadrigemina with its relay stations for auditory and visual impulses, one can even imagine how the Pineal may have served as a transmitter of sorts by which we heard the heavenly sounds of angelic voices singing in the realms of light.

       I like to think of the Pineal Body as the throne of deity on earth, the deity of divine being,  a remarkably exact reflection of the “throne set in heaven” John describes in the Book of Revelation in the Bible, even  down to the fine details of  the “four beasts full of eyes before and behind,” the significance of which we shall explore shortly.

Of the seat of the soul Uranda says this:

   Meditation upon the Cosmic Principles of Light, Love and Life, keeping the attention centered in the Seat of the Soul—that is, IN the Throne of thy Father within thee, in the center of thy head— seeking the while to detect the INFLOW of Cosmic Vibrations through thy hair, followed by the OUTFLOW through thy WHOLE body in a glorious  Radiance of the Christ in which thy WHOLE, HOLY BEING is enfolded, will speed thy conscious comprehension of the ONE TRUTH that thou art ONE with the ALL that is ONE.   (Steps To Mastership, Lesson 43)

An excellent pineal attunement technique is toning with one’s focus in the forehead where the “third eye” is sending out radiant beams of light. Toning a high pitch will resonate with the high frequency of this sacred energy center. 

I welcome your thoughts and inspirations. I will continue in my next post with a consideration of the spiritual significance of the Pineal gland as the focus for the Spirit of Love. Until then, 

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

Credits: Graphic illustrations by David Stefaniak.

See my website for information about obtaining a copy of SACRED ANATOMY. 

The Elixir of Your Immortal Self

Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey” is a quest for the “Elixir of Immortality.” The quest ends when the seeker finally realizes that what he is looking for is the one who is looking. That One is the Immortal Self, known when expressed in living — the only way you can know your Self. 

You cannot see yourself, for a state cannot observe itself.  Whatever you can see isn’t you. You are the invisible One who is looking out through the windows of your soul at a world of motion and illusion, itself made of light and sound. Even you body is not you. It is your temple made of light and sound. You are the Immortal One incarnate in your temple of light. You can know your Self by expressing the qualities of your Immortal Self.

YOUR TRUE QUALITIES

The qualities of your Immortal Self are seven-fold. They are: patience, tranquility, blessing, assurance, radiance, wisdom and love. These are the gifts of Spirit. Each one is a step along the Way to your Temple of Light, the first step being Patience. Patience leads to Tranquility of mind. A tranquil mind leads to the Realization of the Blessing you are to your world. Being the Blessing you are, consistently, purifies your heart and brings Assurance that you are worthy of giving and receiving love — that love is who and what you are. Assurance brings the Radiance of Life to your body-temple and to your words and expression. Wisdom is the sixth gift of Spirit and the sixth step to the Temple of Light — the sense of what is fitting in each moment. Love, the seventh step, brings you fully into your Temple of Light where you know your Immortal Self as One with the All. I Am that I AM. I am the light of my world. 

SACRED ANATOMY

You have spiritual anatomy for the expression of these qualities. You are equipped with seven endocrine glands that are designed to produce hormonal chemistry appropriate for the expression of your spirit in each moment of living, as well as the appropriate physiological action in your body. All you have to do is sound a tone that resonates with the Spirit of Love in your expression and the hormones needed for the moment are immediately secreted directly into your blood stream and throughout your body. It’s that simple.

You do not have to generate these qualities of spirit. They are part of your Immortal Self. They are who and what you are. To know and enjoy them in this temporal and mortal realm of Creation, you need only give them expression through your heart, mind and body. When expressed, these qualities of Spirit shape your world, as well as your perception of it.

I explore this spiritual anatomy in my book SACRED ANATOMY.  Here is the introduction:

INTRODUCTION

Over my forty-two years of service as a holistic practitioner, I have frequently meditated on and pondered the anatomy and physiology of the human body, noting in wonderment how in form and function it truly does provide a beautifully adorned and aptly furnished temple for worship, and more. I have noted from personal experience how the human body, fully serving its ordained purpose as a capacity for incarnation of divine being, not only manifests health but begins to give evidence of the presence of divine being. It becomes peaceful within and radiant with light.

From my early adulthood I have known innately that as it would be returned to its true and sacred service as a temple of worship, the human body would prove to be a most potent vessel, a holy grail, for uplifting the essences of atomic substance to the Creator, who made it for this purpose. It is simply designed that way. In such sacred service it would itself be lifted up to a higher and finer vibratory frequency for even greater service to the One in the Divine Design for Man. That greater service is the radiant outpouring of creative love that blesses and transforms whatever substance comes into its sacred space-a priestly function of incarnate divine being on this physical plane of the whole, holy world.

I have always felt that as we would see what is actually present with us in our own physical, mental and spiritual anatomy and physiology, we would have at least a beginning understanding of ourselves as creator beings. We would, therefore, have a better clue as to how we might function in such a way as to bring our incarnating capacities into a state of alignment with the creative power of love and in phase and harmony with the Creative Process that fathers and mothers it, along with all the myriad forms of life on earth. For the purpose of the human body is not separate from that of the Creative Process that has lifted it up from out of the dust of the ground of our Earth Mother and brought it forth through Her womb into the world for highly specialized creative work. It is part of that divinely ordered process as a sacred instrument of creation itself. Further, it is my deep conviction that as it would be used to embrace that work fully, this temple would continually enjoy not only the health that is its birthright but the ecstasy of ascension and union with God for which it was created in the beginning-no longer as dust returning to dust but dust arising unto splendor.

What follows in the pages of this book are the fruits of inspiration gleaned from my own medi-tations as I have pondered the beauty and sacredness of the human body and learned to work with its impeccable wisdom as a health care practitioner. My presentation will be in three parts.

First we will consider our presence as creator beings in these body temples — “angels”incarnate, each one, and all together as a collective body — and the divine technology at work in the design and construction of our bodies as powerful, creative instruments for the conveyance of divine light into the field of creation around us, utilizing the seven hormonal glands of the endocrine system in concert with the Chakra system. We will look at the design and purpose of these glands and Chakra centers as well as their function both as hormone generators and as sacred centers for energy transformation and release.

We will then enter the temple through the “Inner Sanctum,” hidden and protected within the sanctuary provided by the cerebral lobes of the brain. Here our focus will be on the first three sacred “seals” of the endocrine system which bring forth life in the temple. We will explore how much in our life experience is resting upon our right function in relationship to sacred energy.

Then, leaving the inner sanctum, we will explore the outer rooms of the temple and appreciate the alchemy at work through the various services rendered by the remaining four endocrine glands. Their work includes the radiant release and management of the creative current of love. They serve in officiating the “Ceremony of Ascension” by which are lifted up the responsive currents of worshipful tithes from out of the Natural World into a place of pristine stillness. It includes preparing the way for the creative command to be given by which the will of the One is done on earth as it is in heaven. Our role as stewards of the Creative Process is crucial to the Natural World and to life on this planet.

In the closing chapter, “Steps of Ascent,” we will examine the process of resurrection and ascension as modeled by the Master Jesus two-thousand years ago and the impact which his life has had on the body of mankind then and now. We will see our body temples in a larger context of ancient and biblical temple worship, as well as of the cathedral planet that is its home among the stars.

Our sacred anatomy offers a very powerful and personal theme for meditation. This book was written to evoke deep currents in the heart for the sacred in everyday life. I have endeavored to make it both profound and practical, as well as informative. Writing it has been a challenging and fulfilling undertaking. It has been challenging to the extent it is personal and therefore revealing of the heart’s secret and sacred places. It has been fulfilling because it has called out for over a decade to be written as a passion that longs to be spoken and a song that yearns to be sung.

We all possess cherished and well-protected beliefs and concepts, which are as numerous as the peoples, religions and cultures of the world. Yet there is only one infinite Reality manifesting through myriad forms. Meditations of the heart on infinite Reality are not always as neat and tidy as the finite words, concepts and beliefs the mind is accustomed to processing and entertaining. Therefore I ask you to discern for yourself the heart space from which I write, especially when our mental concepts and beliefs do not agree. As we abide in the spirit behind the words, I know we will find ourselves, for the most part, in a place of agreement, even though our beliefs may differ. The truth is what I seek to know and teach, along with the freedom such knowing brings, even freedom from concepts and beliefs about it — perhaps especially from such concepts and beliefs. If there is something you have read but just cannot seem to grasp, then simply move on and come back to it later. Perhaps your understanding will deepen as you read other chapters.

I trust that you will find as much inspiration reflecting on these things as I continue to derive working closely with the anatomy and physiology of the human body as a healthcare practitioner. Let us begin our journey, then, and set forth on our exploration of the colorful landscape and fine texture of our sacred anatomy. Let us walk together with unshod feet upon the holy ground and precious terrain of the sacred anatomy of this temple that provides a place of abode for the living
God.

For information on ordering my book, click here. I also have a small booklet by Uranda  entitled Seven Steps to the Temple of Light, which offers a daily meditation on each of these steps. I will be happy to send it to you free of charge.  Simply send me your mailing address at tpal70@gmail.com.  

Until my next post,

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

 

 

My Heart a Sea of Glass. . .Mingled with Fire

ATTUNEMENT WITH THE ONE I AM

When my heart is quiet and my mind is still, my inner landscape becomes a sea of glass clear as crystal, mingled with fire.  Upon this crystal sea of quiet stillness is reflected the light of my spirit divine.  And I am immediately in love with what I see and what I know of who I am.

Then my heart wants to sing and I hear the sounds of light in heaven begging to be sounded on earth . . . the music of the spheres.   Thus am I guided in my quest for the sacred harmonies of the cosmos that make this world, my form, so beautiful, so magical.

I connect these two realms of heaven and earth with the music of the Soul of my soul. The inaudible becomes heard, the invisible  seen, the unspoken finds words in my heart, which alone understands the mystery of the Word made flesh.  The mystery of God is finished in my earth . . . and I know the awful power and sublime bliss of attunement with the One I Am.

Attunement with Sacred Sound

Sound is a natural carrier wave for spirit and for consciousness.  I have found it very useful in my attunement healing work.   I use tuning forks, singing bowls and voice to create sound waves.   Over the years I have collected several such tools for sacred sound. (Click on the above link to obtain a copy on my book exploring this methodology in depth.)

When I found an “A” bowl forged of Tibetan metals that sings a pure tone when stroked with the soft leather-bound end of the baton, I could then play three complete harmonious chords during attunement with sacred sound sessions. They are:

1) the A Major chord (A C# E) for the Spirit of the Womb (Pituitary and Crown Chakra),

2) the F Major chord (F A C) for the Spirit of Purification (Thymus gland and Heart Chakra), and

3) the D Major chord (D F# A) for the Spirit of the Single Eye (Adrenal glands and the Chi power center and/or Root Chakra).

Sacred Anatomy

Now, these pitches and chords are not etched in stone as the pitches and chords for specific energy sites in the body.   Like our physical forms, this is a work in progress, and as we continue to evolve spiritually in consciousness, the flesh of our body temples will continue to spiritualize, the cells that comprise the flesh thus oscillating to higher and higher frequencies, ascending as they shift frequencies.

This said, however, I am inclined to embrace my original inspired realization that the harmonic tones of the light of the sun and the light of love are comprised of relative frequencies, seven in number, and since our physical bodies are created by love from out of the vibrational substances of light and sound, and are positioned at the crossover point between these two creating forces of sunlight and lovelight,  the frequencies of the sacred energy sites of the seven endocrine glands and the seven Chakra are relative harmonics of the tones of these two luminous realities. Indeed, they are prisms for refracting the light of the Spirit of Love into seven spirits and the light of the sun into seven colors and musical pitches.

This is what I mean by the term “sacred anatomy” in my book by the same name. All of the anatomy of our body temples is sacred and connected to everything in heaven above and earth below, as are all things in the Universe. So, I’m not saying anything new here.   I only wish to emphasize the special role the seven hormonal glands of our endocrine system play, in concert with the seven chakras, grounding sacred energy and therein bringing the Creator in touch with Creation . . . God incarnate in human flesh.  Is there anything more special, more mystical and mysterious, more enjoyable than this?!  We have the best seat in the House of many mansions to enjoy the Symphony of the Music of the Spheres.

Is not this something worth being and living in attunement with?!  Worth keeping my heart and mind a sea of glass clear as crystal and mingled with the fire of my love for life?!  Surely it is.

How to do that and still live in the world of turmoil and strife?  The key lies in finding the still point of one’s turning world.  For once one finds it, one will never want to leave it, and once it finds you it will never let you leave it.  One can find it through attunement.  One can find it through meditation.  Of this be assured:  while you are looking for it, it is looking for you, for a creation without a creator is impossible and will always seek out its origins for sovereign benediction and for attunement with the Light of the Creator. Creation also seeks its creator for change and renewal.  Should it not find its creator, it will disintegrate without the blessing of its creator, and that is truly sad. This is why evening and morning sanctification, where one takes one’s world into one’s heart and hands for blessing and forgiveness, is so uplifting.  Because it’s also centering.

I start an attunement session by asking the person to come into the present moment completely with no thought of doing or accomplishing anything other than simply coming into the present moment and being now here.  Putting these two words together we have nowhere.  To help them I suggest they get in touch with the feeling that they will be here for the rest of their life with nothing demanding their attention, either from yesterday or tomorrow, not even in the immediate future after the session.  Be here now forever.  I take that attitude myself so that I can offer the greatest possible blessing.  I then assist them to come to a place where that is the truth of the matter, for the here and now can be taken into every moment of life.   Or, more accurately stated, every moment of living can be brought into the here and now.

So thoroughly can one become absorbed into the here and now and be present in the center of one’s turning world that one can lose the sense of going anywhere, as on a journey, and gain the sense that somewhere is always coming to where one is. One may have to don an automobile or a jet liner to accomplish this task, just as we had to don a physical body in order to walk in a world of space and time. But one no longer sees oneself as moving out of the present here and now at the center on one’s revolving world.  This simple change in perspective is the resolution of all forms of stress, for it puts to rest the desire to be somewhere other than where one is now, and to have anything more than what one has now. All things come to one who waits in patience upon the creative cycles that move one’s world toward the center where I am. And they come at a rate that I can easily handle them appropriately and successfully with the greatest of ease and to the blessing to all concerned.  Above all, it creates the unhurried atmosphere inside of a sea of glass clear as crystal mingled with fire.

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthropos: Being Fully Human

This is huge. I will be challenged in these next two or three post to my utmost capacity to synthesize, as I have been studying various authors and each one of them sheds a different light on the subject — and I will lean heavily upon them all for excerpts. So, I’ll just dive right in and let Spirit guide me where it will.

I will launch this multi-post consideration with this passage from logion 114 of the Gospel of Thomas:

Simon Peter said to him: “Let Mary leave us, for women are not fit for the life.” Jesus answered: “See, I have been guiding her so as to make her into a human [Anthropos]. She, too, will become a living breath like you. For any woman who becomes a human will enter into the Kingdom of God.”

Another translation of the same passage says it differently and more to the point I’m aiming to make:

Simon Peter said to them: “Mary should leave us because women are not worthy of the life.” Jesus responded: “Look, I’ll lead her in order to make her male so that she can become a living spirit as you males are. For each woman who makes herself male wll enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.” 

In the first translation, the word “human” is used. In the second, the word “male” is used. I will call upon Jean-Yves Leloup for an interpretation of this poignant passage in her book The Gospel of Mary Magdalene:

The error of many translators is to render this as having something to do with being male. It is clear from the original Greek that the meaning
is that of anthropos (human being in the general sense), and not of andros (man in the masculine sense). It is true that in order to become whole, a human being must integrate in herself or himself the complementary gender. And this work or realization of wholeness is certainly not some­thing that only or especially women have to do–we each have our own work of becoming an Anthropos, a fully human being. . . .

The term anthropos is also richer than the term androgyne, which is sometimes used as the translation of the former, for sexual and psychic
polarities form only a part of what must be integrated in becoming fully human.

The other part is contained in the words “living breath” or “living spirit,” one’s true Self. And here I would introduce a consideration of the differences between male and masculine and between female and feminine. The first, male, relates to physical form, whereas masculine relates to spiritual or energetic essences. The same is applicable for female and feminine. I will address this difference after this clarifying explanation by the same author: 

This recalls a passage from the Gospel of Matthew:

But he said to them, “Not all men can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. He who is able to receive this, let him receive it.”

Some scholars have detected here the hand of an editor who was influenced by some sort of dualistic or ascetic teaching, one that was to
influence Christianity’s monastic departure from Old Testament teach­ings. Indeed, it does seem implausible that Yeshua would advocate
destroying the work of the Creator. How could he who claimed to be One with the Father advocate such mutilation of his creatures?

Others explain this by an improper translation or transmission of Yeshua’s words. The word eunuch should be replaced by the word androg­yne. Unfortunately the latter word (like so many others) was and still is often misunderstood and reduced to a sexual meaning that evokes some
sort of freakish bisexual mixture that is neither male nor female–hardly an advantage for someone who is already having difficulties in finding his or her identity!

As in so many other domains, one can only transcend that which one has fully known and accepted. One must live one’s own sexuality in one’s
own body before speaking of a higher state of androgyny. As in psychotherapy, one must first have an ego that is as sane and stable as possi­ble before pretending to have access to what is often (perhaps too often) called the Self.

This is why the authors of the Gospel of Mary considered it so important that Yeshua really lived his masculine sexuality, perhaps with Miriam, perhaps with another woman. This was necessary in order for him to become the archetype of synthesis, the Anthropos that he was. I prefer the term anthropos to androgyne because the former word still leads to confusion today, in spite of a widespread contemporary appreciation of
the value of spiritual integration and balance of male and female polarities in us. Rather than defending the literal translation of the original
word used in certain early Christian texts, it is preferable here to defend, through the word we choose as its translation, the truth and richness of meaning in what the original word communicates.

What is important is to become whole. This is what makes us able to truly love, not from our sense of lack, but from our plenitude, as Yeshua
himself loved us.

In the same way, we can say that it is because Miriam of Magdala fully lives her feminine sexuality, and because she fully accepts and integrates the masculine dimension of her being, that she is able to speak with authentic knowledge of the Word–though today, as during her time, there are still those who would deny her this. But it is only after the long and slow work of becoming fully human that she can legitimately speak, as an Anthropos, of the fullness of a humanity that, like Yeshua’s, is open to the Divine and transparent to its clear light–the most invisible and subtle of lights.

Of course one can take or leave Leloup’s interpretation of these passages. I personally resonate with his words of clarification.  For one thing, he has helped me come to terms with my own conflicted view of homosexuality, having been somewhat biased by my unsavory confrontation with pedofilia in my seminary years studying for the Roman Catholic priesthood, which left me with a deep aversion to anything the looked like men doing anything sexual to or with other men. But, that’s mine to work with and through. 

MAKE THE TWO ONE  

Masculine and feminine energies exist as two seemingly separate forces only in this “creating universe,” this illusory world of material forms, as Walter Russell expounds upon in his 1926 signature masterpiece THE UNIVERSAL ONE. The energy out of which these forces are born and in which they move and have their being in One, male and female bodies not withstanding. There is only One who occupies these capacities, and that One is what Jesus calls the “Living Spirit” and “Living Breath” in the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and the Gospel of Thomas. With this clarification–and with what I have written about in my previous post “The Imaginal Realm: As Above So Below”–see if you can “see” with the spiritual eyes of your heart what is being conveyed in the following passage from The Gospel of Thomas (22a & 22b):

Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to his disciples: “These infants taking milk are like those who enter the Kingdom.”

His disciples asked him: “If we are infants will we enter the Kingdom?”

Jesus responded: ” When you make the two into one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the upper like the lower and the lower like the upper, and thus make the male and the female the same, so that the male isn’t male and the female isn’t female. When you make an eye to replace an eye, and a hand to replace a hand, and a foot to replace a foot, and an image to replace an image, then you will enter the Kingdom.”

I could ponder this passage for days and still not comprehend with my intellect what the Teacher is saying. And what does it have to do with babies being suckled? He was obviously coming from a wisdom higher than that of the world. One can understand why he once told his disciples that he had much more to share with them, but they could not bear it. I wonder if we are able to bear it today with our highly educated intellects. It has been said that understanding if of the heart. This teaching has to be taken into the heart for understanding, something that the books I have been reading this past year have helped me to do.   

The Teacher in speaking here from the standpoint of creating in and from the imaginal realm, where images are sown as seeds from above into the soil of human consciousness. He is speaking of the alchemy of begetting as compared to the chemistry of making. “Begotten not made” is a phrase found in the Nicene Creed referring to the “only begotten Son of the Father.” This is historically known as “Fifth Way Love,” which I will consider in my next post. 

ATTUNEMENT WITH LOVE

From the standpoint of subtle energy healing through what has come to be called the “Attunement Process” in my field of service, the conscious focus of the practitioner is not on the analogue but on the image; not on the distorted physical form, perhaps fragmented and depleted, but on the perfection of the spiritual body which is whole and vital.  Our work is primarily done in the secret place of the Heaven, in Love’s domain, where we conceive images of wholeness and vitality. That wholeness and vitality is being transferred moment by moment to the physical body via this imaginal realm of spiritual substance — “pneumaplasm”– which bridges the two worlds that are one in reality.  Attunement is with the vibrational tone of Love.  

This is what the Teacher called the “Kingdom.” When we as healers, or as complete human beings, anthropos, access and enter into the imaginal realm — which we can only do as Beings coming from above — where the images of healthy form and function are available for transference to the physical body, then we can make an eye to replace an eye, and a hand to replace a hand, and a foot to replace a foot, and an image to replace an image. From the view in the Heaven, the inside is like the outside and the outside like the inside; the upper is like the lower and the lower like the upper; then the male isn’t male and the female isn’t female but they are the same. We are not male and female. We are Anthropos, fully Human and living spirits, with masculine and feminine energies blended together in our incarnating capacities. We are sons and daughters of God. “Ye are gods.”

As a segue to my next post, I will close with an excerpt from Cynthia Bourgeault’s signature work, The Meaning of MARY MAGDALENE – Discovering The Woman at the Heart of Christianity. She quotes here a passage from the Gospel of Philip:

“The one who creates objects works outwardly in the external world. The one who labors in secret, however, works within the icon, hidden inwardly from others. The one who creates make objects visible to the world. The one who conceives gives birth to children in the Realm of the Unseen.”

In this complex distinction . . . Philip insists that begetting must come “from above”. . . .  It requires a free and conscious regeneration in the Spirit. “Begotten” is an alchemy in which spirit actively participates, and its fruit is the anthropos, or completed human being. 

Until my next post,

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

I invite you to visit my website at HealingAndAttunement.com for information about my work and my books SACRED ANATOMY and ATTUNEMENT WITH SACRED SOUND. 

 

 

The Imaginal Realm: “As Above So Below”

I just finished listening to an interview with Dr. Becca Tarnas on the blog Rune Soup. She and George, the moderator, have a most interesting conversation on the topic of the “Imaginal Realm.”  If you have an hour or so to spare, have a listen. In the interview Dr. Tarnas focuses on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and Carl Jung’s “Red Book” as examples authors who cross over into the “imaginal realm” from which they tell stories that convey messages for our time and civilization.  I would like to delve into this topic a bit in this blog post.

In her evocative and controversial book The Meaning of Mary Magdalene – The Woman at the Heart of Christianity, author and Episcopal prelate Cynthia Bourgeault makes a distinction between the “imaginal realm” and imagination which I feel deserves in-depth consideration. The context of this consideration is the vision Mary Magdalene has of Jesus just after his resurrection when she reportedly mistakes him for the gardner.  In her gospel, Mary Magdalene tells the apostles of Jesus’ resurrection and goes on to describe her remarkable experience with him. 

I saw the Master in a vision and I said to him, “Lord I see you now in a vision.” And he answered me, “You are blessed, Mary, since the sight of me does not disturb you. For where is the nous [the heart] lies the treasure.” Then I said to him: “Lord, when someone meets you in a Moment of vision, is it through the soul [psyche] that they see, or is it through the Spirit [Pneuma] ?”

The Teacher answered: “It is neither through the soul nor the spirit , but the nous between the two that sees the vision….”

The “nous” is the heart, or the “eye of the heart.” It’s our capacity to discern spiritual or vibrational essences. It’s the space between the infinite and the finite, between pure spirit and gross matter – and it is said to belong to Spirit, generated as it is by Spirit for communicating with the physical world and for conveying “images” for the manifestation of “analogues”– the manifest forms.

From Cynthia’s book:

Most of us, reared in the scientific objectivism of our times, tend to think of visions as “subjective.” They belong to the realm of the personal and interior and, while perhaps illuminating the workings of an individual psyche, do not conform to anything in external reality. These, in fact, were precisely the criticisms that began to be raised during the third and fourth centuries, when visionary revelation was rejected as an authentic mode of knowing within the church. But in the original wisdom anthropologies . . . visionary knowledge is not an “experience,” let alone a private or subjective one; it is “of an ontological reality entirely superior to mere possibility” It emanates from an actual realm, a realm that is in fact more subtle and endowed with real Being than our own. In fact, in the reversal of our usual sense of things, it is the place of origin from which what we usually refer to as “reality” is merely the shadow projected into space and time.

Many centuries later, when this implicit anthropology came to maturity in the work of some remarkable Near Eastern Is­lamic mystics, this realm would be given the title “the imaginal realm.” Imaginal does not mean “imaginary”–that is, fictitious or subjective. It means the realm in which the images–the eternal prototypes–reveal themselves in their full authenticity. Remember how, in dialogue I, Jesus introduced the notion of “image” as a kind of primordial template? The imaginal is the realm from which these images emanate. . . . “that in-between zone where spirits become embodied and bod­ies become spiritualized.”

“Pneumaplasm”

The word “pneumaplasm” was coined by Lloyd Meeker (Uranda) eighty some years ago to represent this substance through which Spirit communicates with the material world.  Uranda was the founder of the Attunement service now being offered by attunement practitioners the world over.  I have incorporated sacred sound in my personal attunement service and have written a book about this sacred technology. I would like to share an excerpt from my book, Attunnement With Sacred Sound, from the section “Cellular Replication in a Musical Matrix of Light.”

“Image” and “Analogue” — “As Above so Below”

“From a mystical and metaphysical perspective, the Hermetic teaching ‘as above so below’ is restated by the great mystic Jesus who left a profound teaching himself with his disciples in a stream of dialogue that was recorded in both the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and the Gospel of Thomas, manuscripts that were discovered as early as 1896 (the Magdalene text) and as late as the mid twentieth century [1945] when Nag Hammadi material was discovered. In both of these Gospels, Jesus speaks about an ‘Image.’

“In her powerfully compelling and provocative book, The Meaning of MARY MAGADALENE—Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity, Episcopal priest and author Cynthia Bourgeault shares teachings of the Master Jesus from The Gospel of Mary Magdalene that transgress lines of traditional orthodoxy. I will excerpt several passages from the fourth chapter of her book that are pertinent to this discussion, starting with a dialogue around ‘image’ and ‘analogue.’

Within the particular metaphysical stream that Jesus seems to be working in, image corresponds to that primordial template mentioned earlier—“the origin” of each created form. Very cautiously, you might label it an archetype. At first glance you may be tempted to transpose this teaching into Platonic categories and assume that Jesus is talking about the “ideal form” of a thing. But be cautious in doing so, for there is a distinctly different dynamism at work here. For Jesus, the “image” is not merely a static blueprint, a preexistent prototype that its earthly analogue mechanically reflects. Between image and analogue there is a dynamic reciprocity as they simultaneously articulate the same reality in two different realms. Image and analogue are in continuously creative tension receiving and fulfilling each other, and it is in the energy exchange that their indivisible wholeness is made manifest.

Images do not arise in this realm, however (their origin is several cosmoses more subtle), and trouble begins when this fundamental cosmic law is forgotten. . . .

“I like her use of the word ‘analogue’ here, which means similar in function but not in origin and structure, as it represents accurately the relationship between Man and his Creator, in whose image and likeness we are made in order to function as creators ourselves. In our energy and attunement work you might say that we seek to facilitate a clarifying, balancing and intensification of this ‘energy exchange’ between image and analogue with the intention that the oneness between them may be made manifest in the person’s experience of life, as well as in our own. . . .

“In ‘Dialogue One,’ a disciple asks Jesus about matter and whether it will ‘survive.'”[This inquisitiveness on the part of the disciple, taking place as this dialogue does in the wake of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, makes perfect sense. “Are you really here in the flesh or simply in a vision?” Or, more to the point, “Did the matter of your body live on after death?” the student asks.] 

“Jesus answered: ‘All of nature with its forms and creatures exist together and are interwoven with each other. They will be resolved back, however, to their own proper origin, for the compositions of matter return to the original roots of their nature. Those who have ears, let them hear this.’

“Cynthia Bourgeault expands on this:

But by this . . . he does not mean they dissolve into their component atoms, quarks and/or humors. Instead, they return to an original template—or ‘image’— whose place of arising is in another realm.

“The dialogue suddenly turns into an inquiry about sin and its origin, into which Jesus offers a remarkably clarifying perspective.

Sin as such does not exist. You only bring it into manifestation when you act in ways that are adulterous in nature. It is for this reason that the Good has come among you pursuing its own essence within nature in order to reunite everything to its origin. This is also the reason for sickness and death, because you embrace what deceives you. Consider these matters, then, with your spiritual intellect. Attachment to matter gives birth to passion without an Image of itself because it is drawn from that which is contrary to its higher nature. The result is that confusion and disturbance resonates throughout one’s whole being. It is for this reason that I told you to find contentment at the level of the heart, and if you are discouraged, take heart in the presence of the Image of your true nature. Those with ears, let them hear this.

“A ‘Vertical Axis’

“Cynthia Bourgeault offers that ‘within his particular frame of reference, acting in ways that are ‘adulterous in nature’ will prove to have very specific meaning. It signifies a failure to stay aligned with origin; with that mysterious ‘root’ (or template) of one’s nature he has already alluded to, which, while arising beyond this realm, seeks its full expression here.” . . . [Jesus] quickly assures his students that this world is valuable and precious; indeed, this is the very reason the Good has come among them in the first place—“pursuing its own essence within nature . . . in order to reunite everything to its origin.’ There is important integrative work to be done here. But it all depends upon keeping a right alignment along what wisdom tradition typically refers to as the ‘vertical axis’: the invisible spiritual continuum that joins the realms together. Nearly sixteen centuries later, the German mystic Jacob Boehme would express this cosmological insight with poetic precision and beauty:

‘For you must realize that earth unfolds its properties and powers in union with Heaven aloft above us, and there is one Heart, one Being, one Will, one God, all in all.’

“The author then offers these words of truth and wisdom derived from Jesus’ teaching: 

When the realms are in spontaneous resonance—’One Heart, one Being, one Will, one God, all in all’—the music of the spheres bursts forth. When they are not, disease and disharmony inevitably ensue. As he quickly points out (again, with a contemporary feeling to the teaching), ‘Confusion and disturbance resonate throughout one’s whole being,’ and sickness and death are the inevitable result.

“The heart realm is the ‘secret place’ in which we commune with God; the capacity for spiritual discernment and understanding. It is precisely this ‘vertical axis’ around which we must wrap our hearts in order to attune to the vibration of the Lord of Love, from whence all power to heal and uplift derives. I bring these excerpts into this writing for the profoundly clear light they shine on the core essence and purpose of attunement and energy work, as well as for the perspective and insight they offer into the dynamism at work between inner Reality and outer form—continually giving to and receiving from each other the spiritual energies that generate the pneumaplasmic substance that connects spirit with form and makes possible their manifest wholeness and oneness. I was deeply moved when I first read this chapter, as I was profoundly uplifted—and continue to be—reading and re-reading Cynthia’s book.”

The imaginal realm is precisely the realm that we, as healers and co-creators, must become intimate with in bringing down into the earth the true patterns of life which alone can restore order and harmony to our world. As we make visible the invisible Reality imaged for us in this heaven, our Earth is restored.  

I will leave this consideration at that and continue the discussion in my next post, in which I will open up a consideration of the masculine and feminine energies at work in our human capacities and throughout the “creating universe,” as Walter Russell describes the world in which we live and have our being. Until then, 

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

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